Republicans Include Gays

Could this latest decision inspire other chapters to become LGBT-friendly?

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This weekend, the D.C. Republican Committee (DCRC) – the D.C. equivalent of a state party – became the first Republican state party to insert inclusive language into its party platform leading up to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Under the heading of “Family and Marriage,” the DCRC added, “We, the Republicans of the District of Columbia support the belief that all individuals, without regard to sexual orientation, are entitled to full and equal protection under the laws and the Constitution and that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect.”

This is a big step, says Robert Turner II, president of the D.C. chapter of Log Cabin Republicans and a newly elected member of the DCRC. “We are excited to be a part of a state party who understands that inclusion wins,” he says. “Marriage equality is settled law here in the District. All citizens, including LGBT citizens, should be treated equally.”

Turner was among those who testified before the Platform Committee earlier this month and offered language that was similar to what was officially adopted. “We didn’t get the exact wording we had hoped for, but we are extremely happy with the outcome,” he says.

Do you think more chapters should include gay-inclusive language?